Professor Xie Kechang is an expert on coal chemical engineering. He is the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Prior to that, he was the President of Taiyuan Science & Technology University. He has devoted his life to research, development, teaching and strategic planning of coal chemical engineering and clean high-efficient coal conversion. In 2013, he was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). In the same year, he was also honored as an foreign academician of the National Academy of Engineering of the US for his extraordinary “understanding of coal molecular structure and its reactivity” and “leadership in the modern clean coal chemical industry”.